Today, I have another organizational video for you, this time for my stencils.
I don't know about you, but stencil storage has been an issue for me from day one. There are tons of videos out there, with many different ways to store them, and I've probably tried them all!! For the longest time, I had them in page protectors, stored in older unused post bound albums............yikes! I kept them 2 to a sleeve with a piece of cardstock sandwiched in the middle. And that worked well, until, I realized that I had accumulated 3 full albums, and was working on a fourth. I needed a way to find a stencil without having to go through 3 albums to get to it. I had actually thought about organizing them within the albums, by manufacturer, or even by category, such as flowers, geometrics, words, etc. And then I realized that, that was pointless. I was always going to have to move the stencils around, or add pages to insert new ones, and that sounded like a pain, and probably something I wouldn't keep up with. So that wasn't going to work.
I considered buying a larger clip-it-up, but, I have nowhere to store it in my scrappy space. There is minimal wall and counter space in there, so, I definitely needed another way. And then I came across a blog post from Donna Downey, where she built her own stencil storage. Awesome, and it totally got me thinking out of the box book!! But I still had a problem with space. Then I had an idea of using wire shelving, and CeeCee from CreationsCeeCee, put out a video on how-to do this here. But again, where was I going to put a wire shelf?!! Though I do have a shelving unit from IKEA in my craft space, I wasn't going to add a wire shelf to it......so what to do? Logically, the best thing to do, was to involve my Dad. And finally, we came up with a solution!!!
So here is the long promised video on my Stencil Storage!!!
I know, I don't like having to open packaging, or take things out of boxes/sleeves/etc. to get to product, so why use the page protectors? Well, I also hate it when stencils get tangled up! It's too easy to bend or break the small pieces on detailed stencils, or to get them entwined onto other stencils. And then there's the question of how to add the J-Hook to each one, especially since some of the stencils and masks, made it difficult to center the darned thing on, or had very little space to glue to. It just made sense to keep them in page protectors.
I have been using this system for over 3 months now, and I am totally loving it!! It still allows me to flip through them, and to access each stencil individually, without fighting and struggling to get to a particular one!! And best of all, I didn't have to give up precious real estate to do it!!!!
Hope you enjoyed!!
- J-hooks - http://www.amazon.com/Clear-J-Hook-200-Pcs-Slatwall-Hangers/dp/B00TQ8DR8O/ref=pd_sim_201_29?ie=UTF8&dpID=31pQWSC1bKL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=0QKSXY4RRJRGWTY5E6DF
- Closet Maid Bracket - http://www.amazon.com/Closetmaid-6620-White-Wall-Bracket/dp/B000P43RLK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1457360310&sr=8-2&keywords=closet+maid+brackets
- 1/4" Steel Rod - from Home Depot in the Hardware section